Soul Sundays: Cuban Inspired Jollof Rice

Cuban spice paste
  • 1/4 cup Spanish paprika or sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons rum (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin chops (1-inch thick), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 3 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup drained canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fire-roasted red bell peppers
  • 16 large shrimp
  • 2 cups thawed artichoke hearts, thawed (can sub 2 cups cooked fresh or thawed frozen green beans)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix to make a paste. Add the pork and toss to coat well. 
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  3. Heat the oil in a large nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the pork from the spice paste and pat dry, reserving the spice paste in the bowl. Add the pork to the pan and cook, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Remove the pork and set aside. 
  4. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onions and garlic, and cook, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, for 5 minutes, or until soft.
  5. Add the rice, stirring until well coated with the onion mixture. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, saffron and the reserved spice paste. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  6. Transfer to the oven. Bake for 10 minutes. Stir in the pork, then scatter the peppers, shrimp, and artichoke hearts over the rice.
  7. Cover and bake for 10 minutes more, or until the rice is tender, the liquid has been absorbed, and the shrimp are  pink.
  8. To serve, stir the rice to incorporate all the ingredients and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Soul Sundays: Jollof Rice



3 cups of rice
Olive Oil
1 can of Hereford Corned Beef
1 can of Tomato Paste
1 can (depends) of Chicken Broth
Half an onion (chopped)
Celery Seed

SERVING SIZE: 4 – 6 people

1) Boil 3 cups of rice (Uncle Ben’s) in one pot
2) Add olive oil to the second pot
3) Add chopped onions
4) Add 3/4 of tomato paste
5) let fry for a little bit
6) Add Knorr, curry, celery seed, pepper, and salt (Be generous with the Knorr, but restrictive with the celery seed)
7) Let fry of a little bit. Mix frequently
8) Add can of chicken broth. Let sit of a bit.
**Rice should be done boiling by now (but NOT fully cooked) Sieve rice**
9) Add rice to the other ingredients and let sit for a 5 minutes
10) Add corned beef (Stove should be on medium/low heat)
**Leave it like this until the rice is fully coked**
11) Stir (when rice is fully cooked)
12) Bon Apetit!